How to Print on Bottles and Jars

Updated April 17, 2017

Printing onto plain glass bottles or jars allow you to turn everyday household objects into pretty accessories easily and at little cost. The simplest way to print onto bottles or jars is to use a stencil and glass craft paints, which are available from many craft suppliers and can be painted directly onto your glass containers. Stencils can be bought read to use, or you can make your own by drawing or printing a design onto stiff paper and cutting out the shapes with a craft knife.

Wipe the jar or bottle with a cloth to ensure it is free from dust, dirt or grease.

Place your stencil against the glass and secure in place with masking tape. Dampen the stencil with a little water if you have problems getting it to lie completely flat against the glass.

Dip your brush or sponge in glass craft paint and start to fill in the spaces on the stencil. Press down softly with the brush or sponge rather than using strokes which can cause streaks. Start from the top of the stencil and work down so you do not smudge paint with your hand as you work. Leave to dry.

Remove masking tape and carefully lift off stencil. It is very important to make sure paint is entirely dry before removing the stencil or you will smudge the outline. Your printing is now complete and your bottles ready for use. Bottles and jars decorated in this way can be washed carefully by hand with warm soapy water, but avoid putting them in the dishwasher.

Things You'll Need

  • Glass bottles or jars
  • Cloth
  • Stencil
  • Water
  • Masking tape
  • Glass craft paints
  • Soft stencil brush or applicator sponge
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Mary Stewart has been a news and features journalist since 2000. Her work has appeared in U.K. national newspapers and magazines, including "The Times (of London)," "The Sunday Telegraph," "The Mail on Sunday" and "The Guardian". She has a B.A. in journalism from Napier University.